Charlie Ray ‘Deac’ Rivers

Published 9:27 am Monday, July 27, 2020

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Charlie Ray “Deac” Rivers, 92, of Mocksville, died on Wednesday July 22, 2020.

He was born Nov. 17, 1927 to the late Boyd and Luvie Rivers in Carnesville, Ga.  He received his education at Franklin County Training School.  In 1949, he married Everine Carson. They raised four children. As an active and faithful member of Mt. Zion Holiness Church, he served on several boards, last as deacon. He was responsible for remodeling the church and assisting with its upkeep. He was active in community issues, instrumental in securing YVEDDI services for Davie County.  He helped get the city water line extended down Campbell Road. Fishing was his favorite pastime; local rivers and ponds were where he liked to relax. He loved taking trips to the coast for salt water fish.  He was a hunter.  In later years, traveling became a joy; trips to Atlanta to watch Braves games with his brother were some of the highlights of his life.  In recent months he discovered a talent for art and adult coloring books.  He enjoyed his daily trips to the Davie Senior Center where he loved sitting on its porch and talking to people.

He was also preceded in death by: his wife, Everine; 2 children, Harold Rivers and Vickie Rivers; and siblings, Minnie Lee Mason and James T. Rivers.

Survivors: 2 daughters,  Sarah Rivers of Winston-Salem and Gloria Pruitt (Richard) of Mocksville; special daughters, Patricia Rivers Taborn (Ron) of Winston-Salem and Phyllis Bohannon (John) of Yadkinville;  grandchildren, Tammy, Kimberly and Larria Cunningham, Harold Keith, Anthony and Tina Rivers, Amanda, Candace Heckstall (Terrick) and David Pruitt,  and Jose, Alisha, William, and Hubert Rivers;  several great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A private family service will be conducted at Lambert Funeral Chapel with Bishop James Ijames officiating.  A private Burial will follow in Mt. Zion Holiness Church Cemetery. The family invites friends to Lambert Funeral Home, Wednesday, July 29 noon-6 p.m. The number of visitors in the building at one time will be limited and masks will be required.

There will be a live webcast of his service at 11a.m., Thursday, July 30 on the Lambert Funeral Home website, or

Memorials: Davie Senior Center, 278 Meroney S, Mocksville,: Memo Charlie Rivers.